Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
October 22, 2019
Today, in Mercy, Paul contrasts the sin of “Adam” to the gift of Jesus, demonstrating the specifics of Christ’s redemptive act.
A key phrase for our prayer might be the following. The concupiscence of human nature will always make the sinful choice a possibility. But we can gain courage and strength from this powerful line from Paul:
Where sin increased,
grace overflowed all the more….
Jesus teaches a lesson about perseverance in the spiritual life. He says if we stick with it, God will welcome us the way a generous master thanks and embraces a loyal servant. He adds a comforting thought for those of us of “a certain age”.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.
Yesterday, I attended a 95th birthday party for my Mistress of Novices. Fifty plus years ago, she guided a gaggle of hopeful and naive young nuns toward the depths of the spiritual life. She didn’t do it by words alone. She did it by faithful, humble, steadfast and joyful living in the Presence of God. Now, in the third watch, she is still doing the same thing – and she has done it for all the years in between…indeed, a blessed servant!
This is what Jesus is talking about today. Look around you and see the parables alive in your own life, your own history, your own heart.
Music: Song of a Faithful Servant
(A simple, childlike song. Please excuse the spelling. There’s no way for me to fix it although I desperately want to)